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SPECIAL COMMISSIONERS J. ROSS BROWNE AND JAMES

W. TAYLOR.

WASHINGTON:
GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE.

1867.

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IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, January 29, 1867. Resolved, that there be printed for the use of the Treasury Department one thousand copies of the Report of J. Ross Browne upon the Minoral Resources of tbe States and Territories west of the Rocky mountains.

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, February 12, 1867. Resoloed, That ten thousand copies of the Report of J. Ross Browne on the Mineral Resources, &c., in addition to those already ordered, be printed for the use of the members of this House; and that a copy of the rules prepared at the General Land Office to aid in the disposal of the mineral lauls, ander law, approved February 26, 1866, for that purpose, be added to each copy of such report; and that one thousand copies of the same be priuted for the use of the Treasury Department.

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, February 25, 1857. Resolved, That the same number of copies of the "Letter of the Secretary of the Treasury of February 13, 1867, with the Report of the Special Commissioner for the Collection of Mining Statistics east of the Rocky mountains," be ordered to be printed as were of the “Report of J. Ross Browne on the Mineral Resources," &c.; and that the same be bound together for the use of the House. Attest:

EDW'D MCPHERSON, Clerk.

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES, February 6, 1867. Resolded, That ten thousand copies of the Report of J. Ross Browne to the Treasury Department on the Statistics of Mines and Mining be printed and bound for the use of the Sonate, with a title-page and index.

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES, February 27, 1867. Resolved, That ten thousand copies of the letter of the Secretary of the Treasury of February thirteenth, eighteen bundred and sixty-seven, transmitting to the House of Representatives a Report by James W. Taylor upon Gold and Silver Mines and Mining cast of the Rocky mountains, be printed for the use of the Senate, and that one thousand of said extra copies be placed at the disposal of the Secretary of the Treasury.. Attest:

J. W. FORNEY, Secreary.

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LETTER

FROM

THE SECRETARY OF THE

THE TREASURY,

TRANSMITTING

A report upon the mineral resources of the States and Territories west of the

Rocky Mountains.

JANUARY 8, 1867.-Referred to the Committee on Mines and Mining and ordered to be

printed.

TREASURY DEPARTMENT, January 8, 1867. Sir: I have the honor to transmit a preliminary report upon the mineral resources of the States and Territories west of the Rocky mountains by Mr. J. Ross Browne, who was appointed special commissioner under a provision of the appropriation act of July 28, 1866, authorizing the collection by the Secretary of the Treasury of “ reliable statistical information concerning the gold and silver mines of the western States and Territories."

An introductory communication from Mr. Browne is also enclosed, which will indicate the scope of the report, with some suggestions in regard to the future prosecution of the inquiry into the situation and prospects of gold and silver mining in the United States.

The commissioner has evidently availed himself of the best experience of the State of California, especially in the department of geological and mineralogical observation; and the present compilation of its results cannot fail to be a welcome contribution to the public information.

If Congress shall make the necessary appropriation for this object, it is the purpose of the Secretary to secure a similar body of scientific and statistical information in regard to the mining districts of New Mexico, Colorado, and Montana. A report upon the production of gold and silver in those Territories, and in the Vermillion and Alleghany districts of the United States, by Mr. James W. Taylor, will be forwarded from this department to the House of Representatives at an early day. I am, very truly, your obedient servant,

H. MCCULLOCH,

Secretary of the Treasury. Hon. SchuYLER COLFAX,

Speaker of the House of Representatives.

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